ANTI-TERRORISM CERTIFICATE" USED EUROPEAN COMMISSION'S NAME IN SCAM
Press Release OLAF/13/2003, 02 May 2003
its investigations, reports its findings to
the Belgian judicial authorities and calls on
the public to report all suspicious incidents
In April 2002, the European Anti-Fraud Office
(OLAF) received information from a number of
sources concerning the misuse of the European
Commission's name. Investigations were launched
The perpetrators of the act (which can probably
be prosecuted as fraud or attempted fraud) claimed
to be preventing money-laundering involving
Europe and the United States when they requested
money from private citizens in exchange for
an 'anti-terrorist' certificate, supposedly
issued by the European Commission's Monetary
Control Board, a body that does not exist.
OLAF has just
completed its investigations and informed the
At OLAF, the
Office's Magistrates Unit will monitor subsequent
judicial developments regarding the case.
This is not an
isolated case of the fraudulent use of the European
Commission's name. OLAF investigated three other
such cases in 2002.
Anti-Fraud Office calls on the public to report
any similar suspicious situations.
OLAF would like
to remind the public that information about
the Communities' institutions, bodies and agencies
may be obtained from the Community organisations
directly or by logging onto the 'European Union
on line' website at http://ec.europa.eu/.
Mr Alessandro Butticé Spokesman of the European Anti-fraud Office
Fax : +32 (0)2 299.8101